Streets of Bishkek
The largest city and capital of Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek. It occupies part of the Chui Valley, in the north of the country, at the foot of the Tien Shan Mountains. This city is home to many historical, architectural and natural attractions..
The streets of Bishkek have been forming their appearance for centuries. In the 7th century this settlement was called the Dzhul settlement, and later on its place was built the Pishpek fortress, which housed the largest garrison of the valley. Bishkek became the center of the Kyrgyz region in 1925. During the existence of the USSR, the city was called Frunze. The historical name returned to it in 1991.
This long street starts in the west of Bishkek and runs east. Translated, its name means «Silk road». In the past, on the site of Zhibek-Zholu Street, there was a route along which caravans with porcelain, jewelry, glass, spices, and fabrics moved. Later the road was asphalted and turned into a well-maintained highway. Today, along Zhibek-Zholu street there are shops, entertainment establishments, hotels, etc..
The busiest and largest street in Bishkek is Chui Avenue. The best shopping centers, administrative buildings, cultural objects are located here: Government House, Historical Museum, City Hall, Philharmonic Society, International University of Kyrgyzstan, Central Department Store, offices of large companies, banks, hypermarkets.
Before the revolution, the avenue was called Kupecheskaya Street, Stalin Avenue, XXII Party Congress Street. It is currently named after the Chui River. The avenue has an exit to the highway, which goes in the direction of Tashkent. To the south of Chui Avenue is Kievskaya Street, and then - Toktogul Street.
This street starts in the northern part of Bishkek and runs to the southern one. To the east of Akhunbaev Street are the sleeping areas of the city. Along the street are located such objects as the Kyrgyz Architectural and Construction Institute, Medical Academy, Ataturk Park, numerous shops and offices.
The oldest attraction on Akhunbaev Street is a wooden house built during the Stalin era. Dwelling houses of 2-3 floors, built in that era, have also survived. The buildings located next to Dzerzhinsky Boulevard look especially picturesque..
In terms of liveliness, this avenue competes with Chui Avenue. It starts in the south and goes in the north, going into the mountains. There are various offices, educational institutions, shops and salons on Manas Avenue.